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Schools Fare Well on New Test Index By Linda Tishler Levinson

Wolters Visits Stafford Middle School

Neil Hoss, a selectman and president of youth basketball, invited former UConn and gold medalist basketball player Kara Wolters to Stafford Middle School on Dec. 14 to run a clinic for the SMS girls basketball team, as well as the St. Edwards and youth basketball travel girls. After learning many techniques and drills from Kara, she spoke to all the girls and let them all look at and hold her gold medal. The girls all got autographed pictures from Kara at the end of the clinic.

In This Issue

• EAST WINDSOR: Cash-strapped library’s turn to borrow? ............p. 4 • A gift from the Better Business Bureau on return and exchange strategies ..p. 6 • ELLINGTON: Superintendent casts vote against booths in schools ......p. 7 • ENFIELD: Who can the town’s mysterious Recycler be? ........................p. 13 • ENFIELD: Asnuntuck CC “Changing Lives” every Thursday................p. 14 • SOMERS: Cool beans! A benefit Chili Cookoff in January ............p. 17

• SUNDAY DRIVE: Local blogger says ‘Ciao!’ to Italian wine ..............p. 25 • Don’t get burned; advice on proper firewood purchasing ......................p. 26 • State warns against scammers posing as charities ............................p. 26 • STAFFORD: Holiday decoration contest winners shine ................p. 28 • STAFFORD: Mold mitigation has town police on the move ..........p. 30 • AUTOS: Beetle Convertible warms up to winter months ........................p. 33 • CLASSIFIEDS: ...........................p.35

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Schools in North Central Connecticut generally fared well on the School Performance Index, the newest measure in educational performance instituted by the state Department of Education. In May, the state received a waiver on the federal No Child Left Behind Act’s requirement that schools make adequate yearly progress. In its place, the General Assembly adopted a Common Core of Standards for education this summer. The School Performance Index is part of that initiative. Scores are based on three years of students’ scores on the Connecticut Mastery Test and the Connecticut Academic Performance Test. The Education Department released the performance index in December. Scores on the index range from 1 to 100. According to the state Education Department, the state target is 88. Goals are set for improvement based on current scores. The index comes with a higher standard for schools. While NCLB sought for the students to reach the proficient level on

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